News Releases from NSC (National Skills Coalition)
Today, the U.S. Department of Labor released the monthly jobs report for November. The U.S. economy added 203,000 net new jobs during the past month, but the number of long-term unemployed remains unchanged.
A new report, “The Economic Benefits of Extending Unemployment Insurance,” identifies the benefits that would be lost if the Emergency Unemployment Compensation Program is allowed to expire.
Today, the White House brought labor and business leaders together for a Labor/Management Partnership Summit to address the need for both sides to join together and to make sure the country’s workforce is prepared for the jobs of the future. Among those in attendance were Labor Secretary Tom Perez and Commerce Secretary Penny Pritzker.
The House returned to DC this week to a crowded agenda that includes a number of high-priority legislative items that it must act on by the end of 2013. With the Senate not resuming until next week, there is little time to move through all of these issues – which include sequestration, funding for fiscal year (FY) 2014, and Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) – before the end of the year.
This week, Business Leaders United for Workforce Partnerships (BLU), brought over 50 business leaders from across the nation to Washington, D.C. to share their vision for a demand-driven federal workforce system with members of President Obama’s Cabinet, senior White House officials, senior agency staff, and over 50 members of Congress and their staff.
Today, Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker announced a new vision for the Commerce Department. For the first time ever, skills will be a priority, and Commerce, Labor, Education and the White House will work together to align federal resources to support demand-driven training.
A report released yesterday by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) finds that 36 million U.S. adults have low basic skills, that low basic skills are, on average, more common in the U.S. than in other countries, and warns the U.S. is losing ground internationally.
Today, NDD United, an alliance co-convened by NSC, released “Faces of Austerity: How Budget Cuts Have Made Us Sicker, Poorer, and Less Safe.” The report is the first comprehensive look at the impact of sequestration across several sectors, including workforce development, telling the stories of those who have been impacted most by Washington’s failure to protect the programs that keep us healthy, safe, educated and ready to work.
BLU employer Miles Free reflects on the productivity of and potential opportunities emerging from the Business Leaders United meetings with congressional offices, top White House officials and Cabinet Secretaries during the Washington, DC Fly-In last month.
On October 31, National Skills Coalition, joined by more than 400 local, regional, state and national organizations—covering 45 states and Puerto Rico—wrote to members of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions (HELP) committee urging the Senate to bring the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) to the floor.